1 of 3 Lakefront Cottages, Sturgeon Bay, Door County, Firefly Cottages, Sleeps 6(5 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:1-6 nights
- Property type:Cottage
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
About the Property
Steps from sandy beach, sleeps 6; two other cottages that sleep 6 and 2
If you love the outdoors and enjoy activities like camping, our unique cottages may be just for you! They were built in the '50s and have loads of character and many return guests. They are rustic, so even after cleaning you may find a little sand and an occasional bug, just like at home. Firefly Cottages are more laid-back than a condo or hotel and over 95% of the guests enjoy their time immensely. But for the <5% who think they're getting a modern 21st century villa, these family style cabins may not be the place for you. We do boast a high recommendation and returning guest rate. The 3 cottages are located on 1 acre of property- the Viking and Nook up front, the Hideaway behind. Despite their close proximity to each other, a good deal of privacy is found with the layout of the yard and bushes. Bring your adventurous spirit and explore Door County with a home base of the finest beaches Door County offers; about 10 minutes from downtown Sturgeon Bay. See more pictures at the Google site at the bottom of this email. Don’t forget your suit and towel!
If you're looking for a romantic escape that includes sipping wine on the beach, listening to the still of the night and moonlit walks at the water's edge..or you'd like to recreate those childhood memories with your family without the intrusion of our modern "plugged-in" life, this is the place for you! Enjoy fishing, campfires, movie nights & fireflies.
Our cottages are perfect to escape the hustle & bustle!
Here is some basic info:
2016/2017 Rates, Reservations & Policies
Rates & Minimum Stays:
~Off Season~ Sept 2-May 25 2017, 2 night minimum, $135/night Sun-Thu, $160/night Fri & Sat
~Peak Season May 26-Aug 25 2017, 6 night minimum, $160/night
~Rates subject to change and are locked in only after "Deposit How-To" email from owner.
~A non refundable dog fee of $15/night to bring 1 dog or 2 small dogs (under 20 pounds). Double fee for 2 larger dogs (or one large and one small dog.) Please inquire if you would like to bring additional dogs.
*Sorry, no puppies..dogs must be at least 1 year * Dogs must be kept under control at all times * Dogs MUST be crated if they're left alone in the cottage*
Rental rate and dog fee(s) subject to 11% sales tax.
*There is a required refundable $200 security/damage deposit.
THE VIKING, with beautiful water view sleeps 6. You'll find a double bed in the downstairs bedroom & 2 doubles in the loft (open-concept with steep stairs-NOT for toddlers!), full bath, kitchen including dishes, utensils and cookware (no dishwasher), wood burning fireplace and TV with antenna channels & DVD.
The largest cottage, THE HIDEAWAY, sleeps 6: queen in a sleeping area off the living room, 2 twins in a typical bedroom with a closing door and a -double/full in a walk-through (from the twin bedroom) sleeping area off the dining/kitchen. You'll enjoy a more woodsy setting in this cottage. It's set back about 100ft from the road & lake, behind the other 2 cottages. This spacious year-round cottage has a central furnace, woodstove-firewood-available at most local gas stations), large living area, kitchen-including dishes, utensils, cookware and a roll-across, attach-to-the-faucet type dishwasher (for well rinsed dishes..not the strongest water pressure), full bath, woodstove and TV with antenna channels & DVD.
The cozy, studio style NOOK is best for couples and is about 30' from the one lane road, across from which is our beach. It has a soothing water view, queen bed in the main room, (plus a sleeper sofa in the adjoining room-best for small kids-not forgiving for older backs), 3/4 bath, full kitchen including dishes, utensils & cookware and DVD-ONLY TV.
PLEASE NOTE This is a 3 season cottage that we only rent into October; heated by baseboard heaters and a small propane wall heater-no central furnace-so it can be chilly if the weather's cold.
Linens: All cottages are supplied with one set of sheets and bedding per bed and several dish towels & cloths, at the beginning of your stay. There is not a daily housekeeping service and linens are not changed by us during your stay. Cottages are supplied with pillows, mattress pads, blankets and/or comforters. Bath Towels are not provided. Beach Towels are not provided.
Kitchens are supplied with glasses, dishes, pots/pans and a variety of cooking utensils. While these are full, functional kitchens, do not expect that they are gourmet kitchens. They are cottage-y, as in not always the newest appliances, dishes may not always match, etc.
Highchairs, booster chairs, strollers and cribs are not provided.
Paper/Cleaning Supplies: Beginning supplies are provided that include toilet paper, paper towels, dish soap, hand soap and garbage bags. This supply is only to get you by for the first couple of days and will not be replenished by management during the stay. All additional items needed i.e. additional toilet paper, aluminum foil, plastic wrap, charcoal and lighter, firewood, soap, shampoo, etc are the guests' responsibility.
Each cottage has a charcoal grill & there is a shared fire pit on the beach. The Hideaway also has a fire pit of its own.
Our rustic cottages do not have A/C. Usually the lake breeze is perfect, but we have good 'ol fashioned fans on hand too. You'll have an opportunity to unplug- no WiFi (and sometimes spotty cell reception). TVs in the Viking and Hideaway are antenna channels only + DVD player. The Nook is DVD only. Our return guests welcome this step back in time :)
The cottages have MAXIMUM OCCUPANCIES of 6 Hideaway, 6 Viking & 2+ Nook (including children) & PARKING LIMITS of 2 vehicles per cottage (Hideaway & Viking only: possibly 3 if they're all compact). *Hideaway guests must park only on the cottage side of the shared driveway, in front of the Hideaway. Please ask me in advance if you're wanting to bring a small boat as one of your vehicles. This may work, but you must have prior approval.
*No camping/setting up tents outside the cottages or on the beach (a sun shade or see-through type shelter on the beach is fine).
Email owner for more info, reservation how-to and cancellation policy.
Member since: 2012
- Max. occupancy 6
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Considered
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6
Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms
- 3-one per cottage
- Linens: All cottages are supplied with one set of sheets and bedding per bed, and several dish towels & cloths, at the beginning of your stay. There is not a daily housekeeping service and linens are not changed by us during your stay. Cottages are supplied with pillows, mattress pads, blankets and/or comforters. Bath Towels are not provided. Beach Towels are not provided. Kitchens are supplied with glasses, dishes, pots/pans and a variety of cooking utensils. While these are full, functional kitchens, do not expect that they are gourmet kitchens. They are cottage-y, as in not always the newest appliances, dishes may not always match, etc. Highchairs, booster chairs, strollers and cribs are not provided. Paper/Cleaning Supplies: Beginning supplies are provided that include toilet paper, paper towels, dish soap, hand soap and garbage bags. This supply is only to get you by for the first couple of days and will not be replenished by management during the stay. ...moreless
- DVD Player
- Away From It All
- Tourist Attractions
- Live Theater
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Beach View:
- Lake View:
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Cross Country Skiing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Pier Fishing
- Dining Area
- Linens Provided:
- Living Room:
- Parking Off Street
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils
- Dishes & Utensils
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Sep 2 - May 25, 2017
2 night min stay
Peak-Sat arrival Fri departure
May 26 - Aug 31, 2017
6 night min stay
Changeover Day: Saturday
Off Season Viking
Sep 1 - May 31, 2018
2 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Refundable Damage Deposit $200
- per dog per night (ask) $15 + tax
- Tax Rate 11%
Peak season..we only rent by the 6 night stay with Saturday arrival and Friday departure. *Payment of deposit and/or final payment is an acknowledgement of receipt of emailed rental terms & conditions and constitutes acceptance of such as outlined.
Reservation how-to, cancellation policy and refundable security/damage deposit policy, detail about dog fees and more information please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also see info at https://sites.google.com/site/fireflycottages3/
Reservation confirmed with 50% deposit of the base rental amount+ any dog fees- and **for 1st time guests, a photo ID**. Deposit may be made via PayPal or check. The remaining 50% must be received at least 30 days prior to arrival date. If booking within 30 days, the full rental amount must be received in one payment. Email for detailed info & cancellation policy.
Owner's cancellation policy:
50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Fall asleep and wake up to the soothing sounds of the waves. Have your morning coffee on the beach, campfire there at night and a stroll along the water. Our cottages are just across a quiet one lane road from one of the best beaches in Door County; the sandy Lake Michigan beach, in a woodsy rural area with the main activities being swimming, enjoying the beach, hiking just up the road in the nature preserve, fishing off the pier a short and beautiful walk up the beach or road and good ol relaxing.
The small city of Sturgeon Bay is just a 12 minute drive from our cottages and from there you can drive north and enjoy all that Door County has to offer. It is "The Cape Cod of the Midwest"!
Year Purchased: 1999
About the owner: My fiance and I along with our 4 girls live in Green Bay and are never more than a phone call away if you need anything. We are pet lovers and you are invited to bring your well behaved (at least 1 year old) dog along for your stay. I truly love sharing this beautiful place.. seeing families and friends make memories. Just the other day, a letter in the guest book made me cry happy tears :)
Why the Owner Chose Sturgeon Bay, WI, USA:
These cottages are a part of me. My grandfather and his siblings acquired much of the property along this stretch of Lake Michigan in the 40's- way before it was a tourist-y area. They built family cottages as a getaway from their busy lives in Milwaukee. My parents took over the rentals from my grandpa before I was born..so I grew up building sandcastles on this beach and having slumber parties in these cottages. When my dad fell ill in 1999 I moved home to help take care of him and to oversee the rentals (known as Johnson's Cottages). Later that year, after his passing, I moved home for good and have been running them as Firefly Cottages ever since.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
The walk down to the beach is meadow-y, leading to a perfect for relaxing or building sandcastles, lakeshore. The-sandy bottomed water, with a gentle slope, is perfect for swimming. The cottage road is one lane and has very little traffic-perfect for walking and biking. Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal Nature Preserve is right up the road near the lighthouse and is a gorgeous place to hike!
The Sturgeon Bay ship canal is about a 1/4 mile up the beach.
Viking Living Area, Loft
Viking Downstairs Bedroom
Viking Loft-2 doubles
Starry Night View from the Beach
Path to the water 2015
South Lake Michigan Drive
Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal, coastguard station, are just a short walk up the beach.
Our beach summer 2016
View from Viking Loft
Gradual slope, sandy bottom water, great for swimming!
The Beach 2014
Sunrise over our beach
Beautiful sunrise over our beach
This listing was first published here in 2012.
Date last modified - Tuesday, March 28, 2017
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